At The End of the Windbreak (with details)
This one is posted on my Showcase blog, but I’ve included a couple of details for my artist friends.
This is 8×10, gouache on gessoed cold press Crescent board. I also brushed on a light yellow ochre undercoat before beginning the painting. The palette is burnt sienna, yellow ochre, cobalt blue and titanium white. I’m enjoying two new brushes that are helping me as I try to develop my calligraphy strokes in the tree branches and the tall grasses:
*Robert Simmons Sienna, size 2, #SN67L (this is a filbert, that I can use flat for wider strokes, or on its edge, for very thin strokes and lines) I suspect this one will wear down eventually.
*Robert Simmons Sapphire, size 0, #S85 (this is a liner, that I’ve also started using for signatures) Used with a very light touch, I find I can get some really thin, almost hairlines with this one.
The only negative I’m finding is my own sometimes not so steady hand. I probably should be using a maulstick more often. For that, I took a standard old wood yardstick with a hole in one end, and it hangs from the back of my easel. I should probably use a proper round stick, but I had the yardstick in the garage (a freebie from some store).
Here are a couple of details, enhanced slightly to highlight the brushwork and surface texture. You can see the texture of the gesso in the second image, which I just brush on in random strokes, with no sanding.
I think this one is really going to glow once it’s varnished.